Category: Rainforest Conservation

RELEASE: Ancient Forests Absorb 20% of Human’s Carbon, Logging and Other Industrial Destruction of Old Forests Must Stop Now 18

RELEASE: Ancient Forests Absorb 20% of Human’s Carbon, Logging and Other Industrial Destruction of Old Forests Must Stop Now

The myth that primary and old growth forests should be “sustainably” managed is dealt a mortal deathblow. Members and funders of RAN, FSC and others greenwashing ancient forest logging called upon to withdraw support in protest By Earth's...

Global Rainforest Tragedy 3

Global Rainforest Tragedy

Rainforest destruction [search] AND diminishment [search] are a global tragedy [ark] of unknown and unimagined consequences. This delicate layer of primeval, bountiful life is an absolutely critical component of the Earth System [search]. There innumerable species live and...

Tropical Reforestation: Carbon Storage that Matters 4

Tropical Reforestation: Carbon Storage that Matters

Now here is a proposal we can get behind: massive reforestation and ecological restoration [search] of tropical rainforests as a climate change mitigation strategy. Forget minuscule algae, burying, or giant vacuums to sequester carbon. Strictly protect remaining large...

VICTORY! Closer to Ending Congo’s Ancient Rainforest Logging 5

VICTORY! Closer to Ending Congo’s Ancient Rainforest Logging

The Democratic Republic of Congo is closer to ending ancient rainforest logging [ark], as some 60% of logging contracts on nearly 13 million hectares of forest have been canceled. A long delayed review of 156 logging deals, aimed...

Remembering Chico Mendes, Mourning the Amazon’s Demise 3

Remembering Chico Mendes, Mourning the Amazon’s Demise

As Brazil and the world mourn and memorialize the great Amazon rainforest advocate Chico Mendes [ark], two things have become abundantly clear. First, to speak and organize for Amazonian rainforest ecological sustainability still remains virtually a death sentence...

EcoInternet’s Campaign to End Ancient Forest Logging Gaining Support 2

EcoInternet’s Campaign to End Ancient Forest Logging Gaining Support

EcoInternet's campaign to end ancient forest logging as the keystone response to the climate and biodiversity crises continues to gain both scientific credibility and prominence within the environmental movement. A new atlas from the UN Environment Programme shows...

Greenpeace Reaffirms Support for Ancient Forest Logging 24

Greenpeace Reaffirms Support for Ancient Forest Logging

PRESS/SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASE Cursory review of FSC's controversial certifications completely fails to question false premise that primary and old-growth forest logging is ever “well-managed”, instead calling for better training manuals for ancient forest destruction By Earth's Newsdesk, a...

RELEASE: Ancient Forest Victory, as Rainforest Action Network Yields, Commits to Review FSC Support 29

RELEASE: Ancient Forest Victory, as Rainforest Action Network Yields, Commits to Review FSC Support

In a major victory for EcoInternet and the world's ancient forests, RAN acknowledges concerns regarding FSC and commits to campaign to end all primary and old-growth logging By Earth's Newsdesk, a project of EcoInternet CONTACT: Dr. Glen Barry,...

RELEASE: Ancient Forest Logging is deRANged 4

RELEASE: Ancient Forest Logging is deRANged

Rainforest Action Network, and Cambodia and DRC, feel the heat of intensifying campaign to end all ancient forest destruction By Earth's Newsdesk, a project of EcoInternet http://www.ecoearth.info/newsdesk/ CONTACT: Dr. Glen Barry, glenbarry@ecologicalinternet.org (Earth) — Last week forest defenders...

RELEASE: Friends of the Earth Rejects Forest Stewardship Council 11

RELEASE: Friends of the Earth Rejects Forest Stewardship Council

PRESS/SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASE Major victory for EcoInternet's campaign to end ancient forest logging as key response to climate and biodiversity crises By Earth's Newsdesk, a project of EcoInternet Dr. Glen Barry, glenbarry@ecologicalinternet.org (Earth) — Friends of the Earth...

RELEASE: Australia’s Tepid Overseas Rainforest Aid Provides Little Climate Benefit 5

RELEASE: Australia’s Tepid Overseas Rainforest Aid Provides Little Climate Benefit

Press/Social Media Release Harnessing ancient primary forests for continued carbon storage requires ending industrial logging, and in Australia too By Earth's Newsdesk, a project of EcoInternet Dr. Glen Barry (Earth) — EcoInternet welcomes Australia's expression of concern about...

Ups and Downs of Protecting Rainforests 3

Ups and Downs of Protecting Rainforests

Societies not recognizing their ecological foundation cannot long stand. After decades Brazil begrudgingly accepts [ark | moreark] with outstretched cupped hand the mighty Amazon's key role in climate protection [search], yet continues with damming and other industrial development....

Amazon River Found to Be Key to Tropical Ocean Carbon Sink 2

Amazon River Found to Be Key to Tropical Ocean Carbon Sink

Interesting new findings suggest the Amazon River powers tropical ocean's carbon sinks [ark | moreark] by transporting nutrients well beyond the continental shelf, pushing carbon capture into the deep ocean. Fed from river transported iron and phosphorus, organisms...

WWF’s Rainforest Protection Goals Prolong Ecological Decline 8

WWF’s Rainforest Protection Goals Prolong Ecological Decline

PRESS RELEASE 15% protection of last large intact forest ecosystems, and promotion of continued ancient forest diminishment, are insufficient to maintain Earth's ecosystems, climate, biosphere and human advancement. This week the Democratic Republic of Congo announced new protections...

Papua New Guinea Admits Illegal Logging 1

Papua New Guinea Admits Illegal Logging

As it is prone to do when the donors come a-calling, the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government “has admitted its forestry sector is riddled with corruption” [ark] . This occurred during aid talks with the Australian government, and...

Forest Dwellers Want Say and Pay in Climate Talks 0

Forest Dwellers Want Say and Pay in Climate Talks

It has been a good week for the ecologically necessary concept of paying for rainforest protection [search] on the basis of biodiversity and climate benefits. Hundreds of indigenous leaders gathered in Brazil to build a consensus for wealthier...

Rainforest Action Network Defends Support for Old-Growth Logging 1

Rainforest Action Network Defends Support for Old-Growth Logging

PRESS RELEASERAN indicates industrial first time logging of centuries old trees in primeval forests the best that can be expected, censors further discussion on their web site, and faces renewed global call for members to cancel until withdraws...

Landmark Deal to Pay for Guyanese Rainforest’s Ecosystem Services 1

Landmark Deal to Pay for Guyanese Rainforest’s Ecosystem Services

Guyana is to enter into the world's first serious effort to pay for the ecosystem services provided by rainforests [ark | moreark]. Such an approach is long overdue, and while the specifics have not yet been released, it...

FSC Failing the World’s Forests 7

FSC Failing the World’s Forests

Mongabay reports that the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is coming under increasingly harsh criticism [ark]. EcoInternet (EI) and many others believe FSC is imploding as claims of environmental and social benefits of certified ancient forest logging [search] and...

The Danger of Poorly Designed “Avoided Deforestation” Carbon Payments 3

The Danger of Poorly Designed “Avoided Deforestation” Carbon Payments

Much attention is being placed upon “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation” (REDD) [search] — which advocates carbon payments to avoid deforestation. EcoInternet and its predecessors have long advocated international payments to rainforest rich countries to offset opportunity...

Asia’s Stolen Rainforests 1

Asia’s Stolen Rainforests

A massive well-established illegal market in stolen black market timbers threatens to bring down all of Asia's rainforests [ark]. The main perpetrators include Indonesia, Burma, Cambodia and Russia. China is the largest buyer of illegal timber [search] in...

“Forest Liars” Campaign Launches 21

“Forest Liars” Campaign Launches

FSC loggingNaming Names to End Ancient Forest Logging. EcoInternet's campaign to end ancient forest logging as a keystone response to the climate change and biodiversity crises intensified this past week. Over one thousand people from 57 countries sent protest emails to staff members of large environmental groups, protesting their fiction that killing centuries old trees in ancient forests is environmentally sound…  

Biodiversity in the News But Not for Conservation Action 3

Biodiversity in the News But Not for Conservation Action

Crop seeds are one type of vital biodiversityBiodiversity is much in the news this week as the Encylopedia of Life launches on the web [ark] and the Doomsday Vault [ark] opens its global seed bank [search] in Norway. Biodiversity databases [search] are fine, we must know species to understand and save them; as are efforts to conserve crop seeds [search] for an emergency that given continued inaction on climate and ecosystem loss seems increasingly probable…  

Analysis of a Rainforest/Climate Campaign Victory for Woodlark, Papua New Guinea 5

Analysis of a Rainforest/Climate Campaign Victory for Woodlark, Papua New Guinea

For now the endemic Woodlark cuscus is save from oil palmEcoInternet has very much appreciated the opportunity to participate in a recent string of rainforest and climate victories. Given our deep attachment to Papua New Guinea, perhaps none has been as satisfying as mobilizing international pressure that helped protect precious Woodlark Island from near total rainforest clearance for oil palm [search]. This madness is the epitome of ecological evil…  

Biofuels from Cleared Natural Ecosystems Worsen Warming 1

Biofuels from Cleared Natural Ecosystems Worsen Warming

Plant based biofuels are no climate change solution [ark | moreark] because as farmers clear natural ecosystems huge amounts of carbon dioxide are released. A study in the journal Science takes a comprehensive look [ark] at emissions from land clearance to grow biofuels. The study finds that the production of most biofuels globally results in land clearing [ark], directly or indirectly, intentionally or not; and the cost/benefit in terms of carbon emissions saved is not subtle. Clearing grassland for corn ethanol [search]…  

Disguised as Rainforest Creatures, Activists Expose Greenwashing by Rainforest Alliance 4

Disguised as Rainforest Creatures, Activists Expose Greenwashing by Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest destruction greenwashingDemand End of Certification of Rainforest Destruction.

(New York, New York) -; Thursday the New York Climate Action Group (NYCAG) joins other environmental organizations denouncing Rainforest Alliance for profiting financially from the destruction of rainforests.

NYCAG is demanding a permanent end to the industrial logging of old-growth forests worldwide… Scientific studies have shown that industrial logging in old-growth rainforests is never sustainable and leads to their permanent destruction… Rainforest Alliance receives 30% of its funding by certifying industrial logging…  

Ocean City, New Jersey Cancels Order for Rainforest Destruction to Fix Their Boardwalk 13

Ocean City, New Jersey Cancels Order for Rainforest Destruction to Fix Their Boardwalk

Victory for those working to end ancient rainforest logging, and a defeat for supporters of forest certification greenwashing, as an important precedent is set.

(Ocean City, New Jersey) — The city council of Ocean City voted last night 6-0 to cancel a $1.1 million purchase of ip